The WGSN Travel A-List: Cape Town, Atlanta and Bangkok

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Travel inspiration for this month

Spring is here. It’s time to book yourself in for a mid-year getaway, and we’ve got the scoop on the latest and coolest openings around the globe.

Here’s a pick of our favourite new spots in Cape Town, Atlanta, Bangkok and more.

Le Parada del Mar, Cape Town

Bree Street / 021 426 0330

Nestled on the powder-white sands of Cape Town’s Camp’s Bay Beach sits La Parada del Mar, a vibrant beachside eatery specialising in colourful tapas-style seafood dishes.  The bar’s interior is just as vibrant as its menu. Look out for the pineapple wallpapered walls, whitewashed floors and wicker furniture, as well as the servings: a mix of exotic fare bursting with flavour and fresh produce. A picture-perfect spot to bask in the sun after a spot of brunch and a frozen Pina colada.

Issey Miyake , Zurich

Münsterhof 12 8001 / 41 44 211 53 23

The new, futuristic Issey Miyake store in Zurich features an ultra-contemporary design created by architect Tokujin Yoshioka. The new location is a stripped back boutique with simple aluminium shelves, geometric glass tables and backlit hanging rails. The only colour comes from a flash of azure blue that borders the store. The interior offers up a blank canvas for the seven Issey Miyake collections, including Issey Miyake, Issey Miyake Men and Pleats Please Issey Miyake. We love that the design leaves space for the clothes to do the talking.

Over Proof, San Francisco

3174 16th Street, 94103

Book yourself into this blink and you’ll miss it pop-up cocktail bar to experience one of its four menu ‘concepts’. The idea of this reservation-only opening is to serve four menus in succession, each focusing on a different spirit, with speciality dishes to complement it. While only two concepts have been announced; Rum and Whiskey, the mix of delicious finger food and creative cocktails make this a sure fire sell out – anyone for a Pink Flamingo?

Atlanta High Museum of Art, Atlanta

1280 Peachtree Street, N.E / 404 733 4400

Pay a visit to the Atlanta High Museum of Art to experience American artist Daniel Arsham’s fascinating installation illustrating the fossilisation of everyday objects and their translation as relics, in conjunction with his work on Future Archaeologies. Of the three works, the most striking is the sapphire blue Japanese Zen garden, complete with a sand filled plot that is raked daily by a performer, imperceptibly altering the display. Bold colours feature throughout the entire exhibition, which challenges regular assumptions of history as a fixed concept.

Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, Bangkok

64/F, Tower Club at lebua, State Tower / 66 (2) 624 9555

If you’re visiting Asia, you definitely need to visit the newest and highest whisky bar in the world – located on the 64th floor of Lebua Bangkok. Look out for the indoor area styled like a yacht cabin. Then there’s the stunning outdoor terrace with a bird’s eye view of the city and the Chao Phraya River. And finally, sip on the limited-edition blend made exclusively for this venue (Whisky fan or not, this bar is a must-see).

Beta Bar, Sydney

238 Castlereagh St, NSW 2000 / 02 8599 8970

Whether you’re a Sydney dweller or a visitor, the new Beta Bar is a must-see for several reasons. Situated at an historic address above the famed Alpha Restaurant, you’ll find modern and minimal furnishings adorning the existing Victorian architecture, a stunning combination of old and new. The bar serves Greek-inspired cocktails together with authentic Greek small plates, so it’s a feast for all your senses.

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